Public Programming? Pedagogical Practices in a Missing Europe.
A Study Day at Middlesex University, London, 30 June 2016.
Jason Bowman: Getting Engaged: betrothal, betrayal and equal marriage
This presentation will reflect on Jason E Bowman’s experience of being commissioned, as an artist, by the Head of Public Engagement on behalf of Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery, a university gallery. From 2009-10 Bowman employed quasi-curatorial and processual practices that sought to ‘reach out’ to Manchester’s LGBTQ communities, as requested by the institution. In doing so he confronted multiple challenges that suggested divisionary ideologies in the apparatuses of the organisation. Bowman will think through the commissioning as a process of knowledge production; the implications of and for ‘the curatorial’ when implemented by an artist, and how the institution may struggle with the implications of both when the results of ‘engagement’ demand disengaging from the dominant practices of a university gallery.